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Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown

4.4
4.4
690 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Home of the Green Chili Wontons, Louisville’s favorite guilty pleasure, Bristol Bar & Grille has been the city’s neighborhood restaurant since 1977. Original menu dishes include the classic Bristol Burger and aged, charbroiled New York Strip steak as well as favorites like Pork Dijonnaise and Theresa’s Sweet Chili Linguine. We source many of our ingredients from local farmers. An award-winning Sunday brunch buffet features made-to-order waffles, Weisenberger grits, fried chicken and a build your own Bloody Mary Bar. Bristol Bar & Grille Master Sommelier, Scott Harper, crafted an extensive wine menu to pair with each dish. Certified Bourbon Stewards are on hand to answer any questions about our native spirit. Bristol Bar & Grille downtown is located on the heart of Main Street. A member of the Urban Bourbon Trail, we are perfect for business lunches, family dinners, date night and private events. Walking distance from many of Louisville’s top attractions. Outdoor seating is available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 582-1995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Since 1977, Bristol Catering has been providing full service catering and event planning for weddings, corporate events, fund-raisers, galas and social gatherings. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a grand gala, our team will work with you to create a spectacular event. Our off-premise catering can be reached at 502.584.3663. Bristol Bar & Grille offers on-premise catering / private rooms at our Downtown, Highlands and Jeffersonville locations.

  • Private party facilities

    The Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown has 3 private dining rooms that can accommodate any size group, small or large up to 120 guests. There are no charges for these rooms and no matter what your occasion, the Bristol has the perfect menu selections to choose from.

  • Private party contact

    downtown@bristolbarandgrille.com: (502) 582-1995

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    6th St.

  • Parking details

    The Bristol Bar & Grille validates parking for guests that park at 120 S. 6th PARC garage after 6:00 PM (Mon. - Fri.) and all day on Sat. & Sun. Excludes special events such as Light Up Louisville and Thunder Over Louisville.

  • Public transit

    The Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown is located on the route for the Louisville Zero bus and is free for all riders.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 690 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. GL

    GailL

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy the Bristol and this visit was no exception. Fresh salads, tasty entrees, scrumptious desserts! Service second to none!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bristol before the show at the Kentucky Art Center is our favorite thing to do! Their staff are just the best in the city…so pleasant and personable…they make you feel special and are so accommodating! All their appetizers and entrees are delicious as well as plenty of wine and drink selections! A visit there before the show just makes the whole evening shine!
  3. L

    Lynng919

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good choice when going to Arts Center for a play!
  4. R

    Robert

    Louisville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasant dining experience as expected. Our table was ready, and Johnathan was quick with service. Food was delicious as well.
  5. MW

    MistyW

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Our server could not have been any better!
  6. J

    Joanie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Felt rushed to order and didn't get to finish appetizer or drink before enree came.
  7. JR

    JohnR

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Employees are fantastic, beautiful inside. Wife loved the Buffalo cauliflower, her grilled chicken salad and my filet were fine, nothing special.
  8. BM

    BelindaM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Would like to thank everyone for a special evening. We have friends leaving town and the kind Bristol staff set up table for cake and for champagne!!! It was a great evening for all of us.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pre theater dinner
  10. KM

    KallypsoM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got together with some Romance readers and writers the night before a book signing and this was a great local choice to show off my hometown. Brian/Bryan was wonderful and took great care of my party of 14. I would highly recommend this location!
  11. TP

    TinaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time food was great service was great enjoyed our anniversary dinner very much thanks for the wonderful night
  12. JM

    JoeML

    Louisville

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  13. B

    Badge

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The waiters were great. The ambiance is lovely. The food was so mediocre and one dish was inedible.
  14. G

    Gayla

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My party had a great time at the Bristol. We were seated quickly and the food was great. We were able to make it to the show with plenty of time to spare. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
  15. GP

    GaryP

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    As frequent diners at various Bristol's, we agreed the food this time was better than usual
  16. KB

    KevB

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casey our server was fantastic. We were going to Hamilton, so he was very attentive and sensitive to the time. Nephew was celebrating his bday so Casey brought out a complimentary dessert. Great experience!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent value for the money! Wonderful atmosphere, great location, attentive servers in spite of the business of the pre-theater rush. A new favorite of ours!
  18. T

    Topper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I greatly appreciate your hostess, Beverly, seeking me out in the dining room with my wallet that I accidentally left in the restroom. I am sure that she had to do some detective work! :-) Many thanks.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent as always.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Before the theater
  21. CC

    CarolynC

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Got us served and to our show with time to spare. Will be back!
  22. A

    Anonymous

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The pasta special was not good. The other food was very good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theater date night
  24. d

    deedee

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All the food was very good. I was surprized with the pork medallions with mashed potatoes. It was very tasty but more like a soup with pieces of pork and a serving of potato in the center. More broth than I expected, used a spoon and still had plenty of broth left over.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fast service and good food.
  26. R

    Robert

    Louisville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready upon arrival. Casey was prompt with acknowledging us and taking drink orders. Food was delivered quickly, two Hot Browns and one hamburger with a side of Brussel sprouts. Everything was good, no problems. Enjoyable evening.
  27. T

    Tamara

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    I came to eat alone and just felt ignored by the staff. I wanted dessert too and the waitress just brought me my check without asking after I’d finished with my entree.
  28. DW

    DianeW

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the ambiance and great variety!
  29. FH

    FloydH

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Reservation time was prompt. Service was slow but the dining area was very busy. Had a big lunch crowd.
  30. DT

    DavidT

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Since we were there before a concert, our server, Alex, made us feel at ease when ordering. Our food & drinks came out reasonably fast insuring we would be on time for the show. We are fans of this Bristol anyways and again not let down!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    One would think with the limited menu offered (understandable why) that the meal would have been prepared correctly; overcooked Filet Mandarin. A shame because the marinade seemed likable under the dry meat. It was ordered medium with nary a pink spot found. The Bristol Burger and 2 Pork Rib Chops all overcooked to the point of shrivel and the Crab Cakes, one of my favorite at Bristol were dry & falling apart. The sides were done correctly, and well flavored. And the Artichoke Fritters did not disappoint. If the waitress had brought 2 as ordered, it would have been better.
  32. MD

    MelissaD

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing after Derby meal. Wonderful service and food!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, and a great Hot Brown!
  34. AH

    AmyH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was barely edible and they forgot my husbands meal and blamed it on someone else at the table for eating it! One burger came with an English muffin for a bun and they said that is how they are supposed to come. Though only one out of four burgers came that way. I would say comperable to an Applebees
  35. J

    Jonah

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, personable wait staff.
  36. R

    Robert

    Louisville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready upon arrival. Casey, our server was prompt and attentive to your ordering needs and answered our questions. Our favorite, the green chili wontons, was a hit, as always. Dinner specials and desserts were delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Drinks took a while to get delivered to the table, but the staff seemed to be stretched. Our waitress was good. Food was decent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and good price
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the food wish the portions were a little larger but all in all a very good place. Loved the location and the service was great.
  40. JM

    JoeML

    Louisville

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great location for events. Food is very good and great service.

FAQs

Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 690 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown

614 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The Bristol Bar & Grille validates parking for guests that park at 120 S. 6th PARC garage after 6:00 PM (Mon. - Fri.) and all day on Sat. & Sun. Excludes special events such as Light Up Louisville and Thunder Over Louisville.

  • Public transit

    The Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown is located on the route for the Louisville Zero bus and is free for all riders.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 582-1995

  • Catering

    Since 1977, Bristol Catering has been providing full service catering and event planning for weddings, corporate events, fund-raisers, galas and social gatherings. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a grand gala, our team will work with you to create a spectacular event. Our off-premise catering can be reached at 502.584.3663. Bristol Bar & Grille offers on-premise catering / private rooms at our Downtown, Highlands and Jeffersonville locations.

  • Private party facilities

    The Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown has 3 private dining rooms that can accommodate any size group, small or large up to 120 guests. There are no charges for these rooms and no matter what your occasion, the Bristol has the perfect menu selections to choose from.

  • Private party contact

    downtown@bristolbarandgrille.com: (502) 582-1995

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